Salar de Uyuni (Salt Flats)

Trip Start Nov 13, 2006
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Trip End May 23, 2007


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Saturday, April 14, 2007

Our third trip from the city was the hardest with an overnight bus ride to the south of the country to the Salar de Uyuni which is the worlds largest salt flats.  They sit at a lofty 3,653 meters and blankets an amazing 12,000 sq km.  It was part of a prehistoric salt lake, Lago Minchin. Uyuni is roughly 25 times the size of the better-known Bonneville Salt Flats in the United States.

Salar de Uyuni is estimated to contain 10 billion tons of salt of which less than 25,000 tons is extracted annually. All miners working in the Salar belong to Colchani's cooperative. They work from dawn to dusk and most of them do not take a lunch break in order to take advantage of time, getting energy by chewing coca leaves.

Every November, Salar de Uyuni is also the breeding grounds for three species of South American flamingos - Chilean, James's and Andean. The sights were beyond words, put the driving and the nights stays were very tough!! Food not to good and no showers for 4 days!!!!
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